And there comes a time when there are no more tomorrows. In Made Up Pascals wagerI discuss how sometimes our system one intuitive reasoning and system two mathematical reasoning can act as useful checks on each other. Alternatively, perhaps P is a genuine option for S unless P strikes S as "bizarre" or untraditional Jordan b.
Sorensen, Roy "Infinite decision theory", in Jordan a.
Against this there are Pascals wager objections. First, one uses epistemic considerations in selecting a limited set of belief options, then one uses prudential considerations in choosing among them Jordan b.
Do not hesitate then: To take that number seriously is to assert that the second scenario is ten times more likely than the first! The classic arguments for the existence of God were no longer popularly believed.
Since utilitarians would tend to favor Pascalian reasoning while Pascals wager and virtue ethicists would not, the issue at stake belongs to a much larger debate in moral philosophy. Would it be reasonable to try it, even if it cost a little money?
As such, it remains the best effort to date to ascertain the true historical Jesus, stripped of the myths that have been attached to him over the centuries. It follows you should be willing to pay any finite amount for the privilege of playing this game.
Once it is decided that we must wager; once it is decided that there are only two options, theism and atheism, not three, theism, atheism, and agnosticism; then the rest of the argument is simple.
Perhaps a proposition P is a genuine option for some subject S only if S is likely to succeed in believing P, should S choose to. You do not know whether the reports are true or false. The value of the earning to give is so much higher then the value of the actual doctoring that you might as well skip the doctoring entirely and go into whatever earns you the most money.
The ship of life is moving along the waters of time, and there comes a point of no return, when our fuel runs out, when it is too late. It describes a world where a snake and a donkey communicated with human beings in a human language, where people could reach upward of years old, where a woman instantaneously transformed into a pillar of salt, where a pillar of fire could lead people by night, and where the sun stopped moving across the sky or could even back up.
Thus Pascal prefaces his argument with the words, "Let us now speak according to our natural lights. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.
Some people go further than I do. But to which view shall we be inclined? Consider which of the following seems intuitively more likely: He writes — and I am editing liberally to keep it short, so be sure to read the whole thing: On the other hand, there is some chance you will enjoy infinite heavenly bliss even if you do not brush your teeth.
If you are unable to believe, it is because of your passions since reason impels you to believe and yet you cannot do so.
I also respect those who give less. Second, can epistemic considerations work without begging the question? Everyone wants both prizes, truth and happiness. But on that low natural level, it has tremendous force. In short, this form of the objection is just another version of the many-gods objection.
Joel Feinberg, Belmont CA: The god of the Bible is, in effect, worse than Hitler. But anybody who makes a good-faith effort to trust it even a little is, in my opinion, an acceptable ally worth including in the effective altruist tent.
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Below are samples of my writing, preceded by a list. Most of the pieces are taken from a philosophy club's now-defunct website, where members posted comments and arguments on various topics.
Angels & Evolution Click To Read This The supernatural origins of humanity is deduced from the frontiers of quantum physics, angels, with "cosmic shortcuts", and Near Death out of body Experiences NDEs (see video Daniel Ekechukwu - below, and video Ian McCormack Glimpse of Eternity - below); along with the rationale for "cosmic shortcuts".
Why have prophets, messiahs and saviours failed to write anything down in universal language? How would a powerful divine being really communicate with humankind? The sociology and psychology of human beliefs, mass confusion, western cultures and subcultures.
All with a critical bent. Epistemology, subjectivism, science, opinions and mass belief. According to the Bible, God killed or authorized the killings of up to 25 million people. This is the God of which Jesus was an integral part.Download